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In a shocking development, baseball is coming to the Xbox 360 in 2013 after all. 2K Sports has just announced MLB 2K13 will arrive on March 5th, 2013 for 360 and PS3. Kotaku's Owen Good picked up on the story earlier this morning. Check out the official press release below.

Official Press Release

2K Sports Announces Major League Baseball 2K13 and Return of the Perfect Game Challenge

Cy Young Award Winner and Tampa Bay Rays` ace David Price named cover athlete

2K Sports today announced that the Company has reached an agreement with Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players Association, and Major League Baseball Advanced Media to release Major League Baseball 2K13, the next iteration of the popular MLB 2K franchise. MLB 2K13 will be available on March 5, 2013,for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation3 computer entertainment system.

"We`d like to thank our league partners for their support in helping us reach an agreement to bring back MLB 2K," said Jason Argent, vice president of marketing for 2K Sports. "We know fans are extremely passionate about the MLB 2K series and the Perfect Game Challenge."

David Price, ace pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays, has been selected as the cover athlete for MLB 2K13. Price was recently named the American League Cy Young Award winner after posting a 20-5 record and league-best 2.56 ERA. Price edged out MLB 2K12 cover athlete Justin Verlander for the honors, and is the third consecutive reigning Cy Young Award winner to grace the cover of an MLB 2K game.

"It`s a dream come true to appear on the cover of MLB 2K13," concluded Price, who helped lead the Rays to their fourth 90-win season in the last five years. "I`m looking forward to working with the 2K Sports team again, and welcoming another skilled gamer into `The Perfect Club.`"

The Perfect Game Challenge*, 2K Sports` groundbreaking $1 million competition, will also be returning for a fourth consecutive year and introduce a new contest format with exciting ways to win. Since 2010, 2K Sports has awarded $3 million in prize money to players exhibiting the highest caliber of skill in throwing a perfect game in MLB 2K. Last year`s Perfect Game Challenge achieved record participation numbers, with nearly 1 million attempts made and more than 1,000 perfect games registered. The contest was won by 21-year-old Christopher Gilmore, who prevailed in an eight-person tournament at the MLB FanCave in New York City. Complete details of this year`s contest will be announced at a later date.

Developed by Visual Concepts, a 2K Sports studio, MLB2K13 is not yet rated by the ESRB and will be available on March 5, 2013 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 system.

For more information on 2K Sports, visit www.2KSports.com.

For more information on MLB 2K13, visit http://www.facebook.com/MLB2K.

Source - There Will Be Baseball on the Xbox 360; Major League Baseball 2K13 Returns (Kotaku)

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Member Comments
# 61 lhslancers @ 01/09/13 04:05 PM
13 would have to knock my socks off at that price.
 
# 62 tvman @ 01/09/13 04:05 PM
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Originally Posted by bmgst8
it looks like the game will be the regular price of $60... just saw this on the store section of 2k's website

https://store.2k.com/Product.aspx?pS...-10425-49258-7
Is 2K nuts, at that price count me out on a first day purchase.
 
# 63 HustlinOwl @ 01/09/13 04:07 PM
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Originally Posted by iRepIndiana
Those are fightin' words.

I hope they make a push for the Xbox users and give them a playable game.

Like the show has given ps3 users.
have been asking this for years, single season franchise is pointless
 
# 64 nemesis04 @ 01/09/13 04:11 PM
Here is another article from Kotaku:

http://kotaku.com/5974561/what-can-w...-much-probably

Good to hear there will be baseball on the 360. A little surprised on the price if indeed it is a minimal upgrade! We got better value when they packaged NBA 2k with this game last year.
 
# 65 icemann6 @ 01/09/13 04:12 PM
This is great news. I was THIS close to buying a ps3 this week for 170 but the fact that this is likely the last year of the current consoles was eating me inside. Maybe I'm crazy, but I actually enjoy playing MLB 2K12 and the only reason that I quit was because of the silly franchise injury bug. Quite frankly, if all they did was fix the bugs from last year, realign the rosters and the divisions, and make check swinging even remotely close to functional I will gladly buy the game. I'll probably buy it anyways cause I love baseball and its a fun game to play. Regardless of what the insecure killjoys want us to believe, this game is far from "the bigs" and is a welcome addition back for another year before the rest of the competition gets involved.
 
# 66 Money99 @ 01/09/13 04:14 PM
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Originally Posted by iRepIndiana
Those are fightin' words.

I hope they make a push for the Xbox users and give them a playable game.

Like the show has given ps3 users.
Different strokes. I've tried playing The Show. Several times. And to me, it's nearly unplayable, while 2K11 and 2K12 have been a lot of fun, and more than just 'playable'.

In the Show the pitch speeds are way too fast, even at 0 (Russel admits that the majority of people they test the game on, have said so as well).
It's incredibly difficult to pick up on what pitch is being delivered, and the CPU is very good even at low levels.
I'm sure several Show fans will say "Wow, this guy stinks if he thinks that way".
Yes, I stink. And I know that practice would help.
But here's the thing. I'm nearly 40, have a wife, 2 active kids, and a 50-hour work week. I have maybe 5 to 6 hours of game playing time during the week.
I don't feel it should be necessary to put in 60 hours in a game in order to enjoy it, or be good at it.
With 2K, I can. Right away.
With Hitters Eye, a higher slider scale and lower settings that are truly easy, I can pick up and play immediately.

The Show deserves it's accolades. But I don't think words like 'unplayable' are warranted with 2k11 or 2K12. Both were very good games that many have enjoyed.
 
# 67 pistolpete @ 01/09/13 04:22 PM
$60??? Ouch.
 
# 68 Money99 @ 01/09/13 04:22 PM
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Originally Posted by nemesis04
Here is another article from Kotaku:

http://kotaku.com/5974561/what-can-w...-much-probably

Good to hear there will be baseball on the 360. A little surprised on the price if indeed it is a minimal upgrade! We got better value when they packaged NBA 2k with this game last year.
LOL! Can't wait to read this guy's review. Seems he's made his mind up already.
 
# 69 tvman @ 01/09/13 04:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Money99
LOL! Can't wait to read this guy's review. Seems he's made his mind up already.
Is that the kind of crap that site puts out. If I owned that outfit he would be fired point blank for writing what amounts to a gossip column.
 
# 70 nemesis04 @ 01/09/13 04:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Money99
LOL! Can't wait to read this guy's review. Seems he's made his mind up already.
There is a lot of speculation there but I bet some of it is valid. Time will tell, if the game drops and the Astros are still in the NL we know we are in trouble! LOL
 
# 71 Money99 @ 01/09/13 04:38 PM
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Originally Posted by nemesis04
There is a lot of speculation there but I bet some of it is valid. Time will tell, if the game drops and the Astros are still in the NL we know we are in trouble! LOL
Haha!

I get why the game gets a bad rap. It was in major disarray for so many years.
And now with this very late announcement pronouncing the release of 2K13, I can certainly understand why he came up with that opinion.

But I find it funny that he fully admits to being dead-wrong about there even being a 2K13 (weren't most of us ), but won't consider that he could also be wrong that this game has received more time and effort than simply updated rosters and moving the Astros to the AL?

Time will tell. But for now, I'm just super geeked that we'll get another year of 2K baseball.
 
# 72 CaptainZombie @ 01/09/13 04:39 PM
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Originally Posted by PVarck31
I'm sure it will at least be a little more than a simple roster update. But people need to realize this was probably something that wasn't a sure thing for the developers. I doubt 2k would have VC working on the game without knowing for sure the game would be released. So we have to cut them some slack this year.

And good for MLB wanting to make a deal with 2k. Glad they were smart enough to realize not having a game on the dominant console would be a mistake. I am sure MLB intends to extend this deal into the next-gen as well.

So whether you are a fan of this game or not, this is great for sports gaming. In a genre that's dying, a game came back from the dead. ZOMBIE MLB 2K13!

And please leave the Show out of the thread. Thanks
I have faith in 2K for this to be more than just a roster update. I think essentially we will get 2K12 with all the bugs fixed, rosters updated, realignment, and maybe a few other tweaks with no new features. It just stinks they are going to charge $60 if true, but if you only have the 360 its your only choice as it looks like there is no PC version this year.

If that twitter comment is true, that this is a one year deal to hold everyone over till next gen...........is new consoles out this fall and is there a new player in town to carry that baseball torch from 2K into 2014 baseball season.
 
# 73 icemann6 @ 01/09/13 04:47 PM
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Originally Posted by CaptainZombie
I have faith in 2K for this to be more than just a roster update. I think essentially we will get 2K12 with all the bugs fixed, rosters updated, realignment, and maybe a few other tweaks with no new features. It just stinks they are going to charge $60 if true, but if you only have the 360 its your only choice as it looks like there is no PC version this year.

If that twitter comment is true, that this is a one year deal to hold everyone over till next gen...........is new consoles out this fall and is there a new player in town to carry that baseball torch from 2K into 2014 baseball season.
I fear from what I have read on here that it seems that MLB hasn't learned its lesson and could strike an exclusivity deal with another developer. I hope that I am wrong and that we are reading too much into a tweet, but I long for the days of having multiple baseball games to choose from. I have very fond memories of ASB2004, MVP 2005, and MLB 06 The Show. I do not say this to knock 2K baseball (which I like and enjoy) just to show that many competing companies is a good thing not a bad thing.
 
# 74 lhslancers @ 01/09/13 04:51 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Money99
Different strokes. I've tried playing The Show. Several times. And to me, it's nearly unplayable, while 2K11 and 2K12 have been a lot of fun, and more than just 'playable'.

In the Show the pitch speeds are way too fast, even at 0 (Russel admits that the majority of people they test the game on, have said so as well).
It's incredibly difficult to pick up on what pitch is being delivered, and the CPU is very good even at low levels.
I'm sure several Show fans will say "Wow, this guy stinks if he thinks that way".
Yes, I stink. And I know that practice would help.
But here's the thing. I'm nearly 40, have a wife, 2 active kids, and a 50-hour work week. I have maybe 5 to 6 hours of game playing time during the week.
I don't feel it should be necessary to put in 60 hours in a game in order to enjoy it, or be good at it.
With 2K, I can. Right away.
With Hitters Eye, a higher slider scale and lower settings that are truly easy, I can pick up and play immediately.

The Show deserves it's accolades. But I don't think words like 'unplayable' are warranted with 2k11 or 2K12. Both were very good games that many have enjoyed.
Pitch speed too fast? I'm 61 years old and play the game on default speed. 5.
 
# 75 bayman @ 01/09/13 04:52 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Money99
Haha!

I get why the game gets a bad rap. It was in major disarray for so many years.
And now with this very late announcement pronouncing the release of 2K13, I can certainly understand why he came up with that opinion.

But I find it funny that he fully admits to being dead-wrong about there even being a 2K13 (weren't most of us ), but won't consider that he could also be wrong that this game has received more time and effort than simply updated rosters and moving the Astros to the AL?

Time will tell. But for now, I'm just super geeked that we'll get another year of 2K baseball.
"if we see anything more than a re-skinned MLB 2K12, I will be even more surprised than I was this morning."

Try reading it again. No matter how you'd like to spin it, this sentence isn't definitive.
 
# 76 Behindshadows @ 01/09/13 05:09 PM
I hope with this being the last title on the 360 and PS3 until the next consoles.....

That 2k listened to our cries and request in the forums.....

Especially by boosting the graphics and hopefully maxing out the consoles specs....

Even if they go back to the art style of MLB 2k7 which had the best graphics in the series....

(MLB 2k7 Screenshots Taken Today)
















Would love to see them get back on this level......

Can't wait to see some footage and hope it's more than a roster upgrade.
 
# 77 DarkOmnios @ 01/09/13 05:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Behindshadows
I hope with this being the last title on the 360 and PS3 until the next consoles.....

That 2k listened to our cries and request in the forums.....

Especially by boosting the graphics and hopefully maxing out the consoles specs....

Even if they go back to the art style of MLB 2k7 which had the best graphics in the series....

(MLB 2k7 Screenshots Taken Today)

Would love to see them get back on this level......

Can't wait to see some footage and hope it's more than a roster upgrade.

I really hope so too


I dont understand why the hell they change all of the sudden the graphics, the game right now i so ugly and so "unclean", hate the colors.

I still have MLB 2k11, and still play the game, and love the game despite the flaws, but i hope they put some love and soul in the last 2k baseball game on this gen, i think the players that buy their games deserve this much.
 
# 78 bcruise @ 01/09/13 05:52 PM
I'm happy for the 360-only gamers that will have a baseball game to play after all.
 
# 79 yougo1000 @ 01/09/13 05:56 PM
WOW I bought a new game system just because the show was the only baseball game on the xbox.
 
# 80 Knight165 @ 01/09/13 06:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Mt Oread
I'm fully aware that many people do not play in a way that generates 120+ pitches a game. That pitch speed is fine if you are not actually reading pitches and taking strikes in an effort to get a the right pitch in the right location.

And some people like a lighter game like that. But 2K12 requires more thought and a plan for each at-bat.








Ooofff.


M.K.
Knight165
 


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